One of our early collectors came into the Santa Fe Gallery last week and immediately saw a piece they fell in love with. But they needed a larger painting so we get to have the fun of doing a collaboration. The initial layout is sketched on the canvas with a #6 filbert brush dipped in a thin mixture of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin. If you would like to learn more about our Double Primary Palette just CLICK HERE.
Since the light comes from the sky it is painted first. The sky sets the color tone for the entire piece. If it is early morning the light is pinker or cooler. This painting is set in the afternoon so the illumination is warm. Highlights on the clouds have a tiny bit of Cadmium Orange mixed in the White, giving them a touch of warmth.
The farthest mountain is painted bluer so it drops back. This illustrates one of the most basic rules in painting: Cool colors (blues, purples) recede, warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows) come forward. An artist paints on a two-dimensional surface, the canvas. We strive to make it appear three-dimensional. Working forward on the landscape warmer colors are used closer to the front. Purple Asters are placed behind the Chamisa. The warmth of the yellow Chamisa makes it come forward.
The adobe wall is blocked in before I begin working on the Wisteria. The blossom color is painted first. I will come back with the foliage colors next, working the greens around the purple so it stays clean. If the leaves were done first my brush would pick up some of the green when painting the purple flowers, making them muddy. Thanks for visiting today, I hope you’ll come back tomorrow. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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